20 Associations and Groups in the MICE Industry
An association is a group of persons banded together for a specific purpose. Associations exist to promote communication, advocacy, information and education among like-minded individuals working together for a common cause.
There are a variety of Associations and groups in the MICE industry. Knowing which to join can be a bit overwhelming so we’ve put together a list of along with the benefits and costs for each. You can follow all of these Associations on MICE.com.
1. ACTE: Association of Corporate Travel Executives
2. ADMEI: Association of Destination Management Executives International
3. AMPS: The Association of Meeting Professionals
4. ASAE: American Society of Association Executives
5. ASTA: American Society of Travel Agents
6. CIC: Convention Industry Council
7. CLIA: Cruise Lines International Association
8. CSPI: Convention Sales Professionals International
9. DMAI: Destination Marketing Association International
10. GBTA: Global Business Travel Association
11. HSMAI: Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
12. IAEE: International Association of Exhibitions and Events
13. ICCA: International Congress and Convention Association
14. IMA: Incentive Marketing Association
15. MMB: Meetings Mean Business
16. MPI: Meeting Professionals International
17. PCMA: Professional Convention Management Association
18. SGMP: Society of Government Meeting Professionals
19. SITE: Society for Incentive Travel Excellence
20. SPIN: The Senior Planners Industry Network
ACTE was founded through the vision of corporate travel suppliers and buyers seeking to establish equitable representation within the travel management profession. ACTE is a global organization in which corporate travel buyers and suppliers work together, developing a unique and valuable educational resource for business travel professionals. Joined by progressive senior-level travel executives, their model calls for an international network, emphasizing smaller, more numerous educational forums held not only in the United States, but also throughout the world.
ADMEI is the ONLY place where you will find a voice for the DMC industry, and only the DMC industry. As the pre-eminent global organization for qualified Destination Management Companies (DMCs), we are committed to providing educational and networking opportunities for all members.
The Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs) is a nonprofit association that represents and fosters the educational and professional needs of people working in meeting management industry.
For Northern Va. and Washington, D.C. area meeting planners and the industry that serves them, an AMPs membership is a ‘must do.’
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 22,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 11,000 organizations. Our members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.
ASTA is the leading global advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public. Our members include travel agents and the companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc. We are the leading advocate for travel agents, the travel industry and the traveling public.
The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is a federation representing diverse voices in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry. With more than 30 international trade and professional societies, CIC serves as a nucleus and a trusted authority with a global reach that advocates for the importance of the industry through a unified voice, making the profession stronger and reinforcing its importance and relevance.
Cruise Lines International Association is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association with representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA represents the interest of cruise lines, travel agents, port authorities and destinations, and various industry partners before regulatory and legislative policy makers. CLIA is also engaged in travel agent training, research and marketing communications to promote the value and desirability of cruise holiday vacations with thousands of travel agency and travel agent members.
Convention Sales Professional International (CSPI)’s mission is to enhance the collaboration and partnership between destination marketing organizations (DMOs) and convention center sales professionals by delivering education, developing best practices and tracking industry trends worldwide.
As the global trade association for official destination marketing organizations (DMOs), Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) protects and advances the success of destination marketing worldwide.
The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA’s 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 17,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy.
HSMAI is the hospitality industry source for knowledge, community, and recognition for leaders committed to professional development, sales growth, revenue optimization, marketing, and branding.
Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) promotes the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together. Today, IAEE is the leading association for the global exhibition industry.
ICCA represents the main specialists in organising, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises almost 1,000 member companies and organisations in over 90 countries worldwide.
ICCA specialises in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.
IMA: Incentive Marketing Association
The Incentive Marketing Association (IMA) is comprised of companies who are leaders in the $76.9 billion incentive industry. IMA is the umbrella organization for suppliers in the incentive marketplace. Founded in 1998, IMA’s membership consists of nearly 800 individuals and groups engaged in providing goods and services for incentive buyers and suppliers.
The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) was created in 2009 by the U.S. Travel Association to showcase the incredible value that business meetings, travel and events bring to the U.S. economy. Its members span all facets of the face-to-face industry, which have come together behind a common goal: providing the resources, tools and information to show the real impact the industry has on businesses, economies and communities.
MPI: Meeting Professionals International
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. Founded in 1972, the organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 18,500 members belonging to more than 80 chapters and clubs in 22 countries.
PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides members with a community of likeminded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and online connections.
SGMP is the only national organization in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to government meetings. Since our founding in 1981, we have grown to 2,500 members and nearly 30 chapters.
SITE is a global community of high-character people connecting its members around the world to a group of peers who share their skill and passion. As the only global authority on incentive travel and motivational experiences, SITE also connects our members to business leaders who seek improved performance through these powerful tools.
SPiN is the industry’s only supplier-free association strictly serving senior-level meeting and event planners. We influence the future of our industry through extreme innovation, unparalleled education, and a true sense of community and collaboration among peers.